Healthcare cybersecurity risks are multifaceted in that there are several areas of critical concern that medical systems should remain attentive to eliminate or curb issues resulting from a security breach.
There has been a 600% increase in ransomware attacks against care organizations in the past two years of pandemic-era healthcare.
According to a report by Ponemon, the attacks have also increased patient death rates, with a quarter of the survey participants reporting an increase in mortality rates. The report, sponsored by Censinet, also found that over two-thirds (67%) of health delivery organizations have been victims of ransomware attacks, while 33% have been hit twice or more.
In the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attack which took down the UK’s National Health Service in 2017, the latest IBM X-Force report finds that large-scale cyberattacks on healthcare systems doubled in 2020, with ransomware accounting for 28 % of all attacks. This number is rising, and if things don’t change soon, the medical industry will be in critical condition.
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